Big news in Sweden. I have spent the last hour or two reading up on it.
Basically, some guy started a webpage, and ended up quitting his job and running a pro-piracy politicial party a few days later, due to the immense support he recieved.
But that is not the issue at hand. Reading all I have, what stuck with me was this: Artists had to, in past, "sign with a label" simply because it was the only way to gain exposure. With the internet, the need for these "cartels" to exist (as they're called in the articles) are removed. In essence, they are of the opinion that these "middle men" are sitting with too much money, and will do anything in their power to keep themselves in the loop.
Number two's, sequels and same-old-same-old pop are all products of these middlemen's squeezings. The bottom line, for creative work anyways, is that artists love exposure.
There is a lot to be thought out though. It's uncertain if we'd see big-budget movies had the media hierarchies been structured differently.
My Solution is this:
The world (We) need to come up with a new networking billing model whereby you are automatically paid for providing content and automatically debited for using content. A debit-credit billing system.
I don't know how feasible this can be, but something in there makes a whole lot of sense and to me, it would appear that it's just a matter of architecting a transition to a more economical model.
After all, you don't pay your plumber for the water flowing through your pipes.
It all seems daunting right now, as there are too many hacking and security issues to consider, not to mention problems of caching, downloading/viewing but not using, but this is what's in my head: DNS Servers rate IP endpoints based on their popularity. Data is "priced" based on it's source and target destination. Maybe a model can even be thought up where service providers administration fees are covered in a fair and elegant way: lower latency scores higher or something (an incentive to install better hardware!)
Beginning this is so simple: If you're a CS Student, simulate it in a small program; If you're a developer, develop the protocols and start using and publishing them. If you're a marketer..... pirate, politician, AI....